"I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority," U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) once said jokingly in a 1996 interview.
Frank, 72, became the first congressman to publicly come out in 1987 and has always been a voice for LGBT rights on Capitol Hill. Recently the outspoken, New Jersey-native representative made a video denouncing fellow Massachusetts politician Mitt Romney for "Mitt Gets Worse," (not "It Gets Better," although Frank did make a video for that) a campaign that points out Romney's anti-LGBT history.
Frank married his longtime boyfriend, Jim Ready, in July, making Frank the first man in Congress to be in a same-sex marriage. In November 2011, Frank announced that he would not run for reelection and will be leaving his position at the end of this congressional term.
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